Friday, January 29, 2010

Great Grandparents ~SOUS January 29 2010

Great Grandparents
(I am on here to edit real quick and to share my big THANK YOU to Nanne for making me that BeeCherryLady button, how cute is that? I don't quite have the talent she does..thank you so much friend!)

These are my husband's wonderful grandparents, my children's great grandparents. Sadly I have never had the chance to get to know my own so having his near has been a dream come true for me. We visited with them this past weekend because Grandpa is in a rehabilitation center for the elderly while he heals from a broken leg. He has pretty recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Something I need to read up on because I do not know too much about it. Ok onto happier matters...

This week's sketch at Stuck on U is from a great friend of mine, Aymee Gandy. She is a serious sweetie pie with a major creative gift! She is a constant source of inspiration to me and I am proud we are able to have her sketches to use.

If I am not mistaken this poka dot paper is from last Spring's double sided paper stack by DCWV. What I was just loving is how the distressing turned out, instead of what you'd normally think of by using some shade of brown, try using a color from the paper. Here I picked up the blue and used Broken China distress ink. Love that and will be using this technique again!
Here you can see some of the dimension and other papers used. Other prints are from K&Company, they have a gorgeous shimmer to them and look great with the embossing.

I took one more photo to show more detail. The triple layering to the pink ladybug from Doodlecharm. The flower cuts are from Walk in the Garden. You can see more of the Cuttlebug embossing. And the last detail are the fabric leaves. I hand cut those from sample fabric given to me from the Grandma Lash. They also do upholstry at the mattress factory and they are going to save the samples for me, perfect for crafting!

Thank you so much for your time today...we have had a wonderful time at Stuck on U Sketches and appreciate all the wonderful ladies who have joined with us! Keep coming by...we have a lot of fun ahead of us!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blog Award

I am so very late at picking up this award but I wanted to thank my two friends, Wanda at My Happy Place and Nanne at Nanne's Creations for thinking of me to give this award to.
I cannot begin to explain the blessings that have come to me since I have found this wonderful world of papercrafts.
I have a joy in my everyday life that belongs just to me and friends to share that incredible is that!

As much as I love creating I could not imagine my life without my friends that I now chat with everyday.

Thank you friends for sharing your time with me, by sharing your time, you are sharing a piece of yourself. Many blessings to you all.

Now the fun part of this aware is to mention 10 things that "knock your socks off"!

Here I go...(and in no particular order)

1. The morning my phone rang and I was told that the birth mother was in labor..hours later I was holding my son Scotti. And the following years the births of my "surprise" Jordyn and my angel Cody. Dang it...still makes me cry thinking of those moments!

2. The Lord for who has given me all I've ever dreamed!

3. My family, my fun parents and beautiful sisters and my niece Maddie

4. My husband, for if it was not for his persistance in life we would not even be together.

5. Creating. Now that I stay home with the kids that usually means something with paper. Before that I did makeup and loved it. I do miss it very much but am happy with whatever I can do creatively.

6. The outdoors. Being in nature is a part of the very core of who I am. When I was a little girl I spent most days outside. Fresh air seems to lift my spirit and nature revitalizes my soul (wow, that sounded super cheesy! LOL!)

7. The computer. For without it I'd have no friends and be bored silly!

8. Reading. I did love to read, usually romance fiction but these days I have been so busy its been awhile since I picked up a book.

9. Movies. I love staying in and watching something low key. (Since I have had children I can not seem to watch anything to intense, LOL, I need to watch something light and fluffy! LOL!)

10. My camper. We bought a large travel trailer (Keystone Copper Canyon) a couple years ago and I still get so excited anytime we go anywhere! Even if its just an overnight to Half Moon Bay. I hope to give just a piece of the fun I had when I was a child to my children.

Now I am supposed to send this back off to 3 more friends....

1. My friend Jennifer, who I chat with almost daily over on the cricut mb! She is a great friend and an absolute amazing papercrafter!

2. Stine, a friend I met through the Pregnancy Chat thread on the mb. We now both have wonderful baby boy's to enjoy (and scrapbook!)

3. Barb, we are still getting to know eachother by way of our blogs but I wanted to give this to you because you always give me your time by coming by and leaving comments. I think that is a wonderful way of showing that you thank you for your support and I look forward to getting to know you better!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Zappy Birthday ~The Cuttlebug Spot

Zappy Birthday

This weeks challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot is black and silver.
I knew the paper would be easy as seeing this silver paper from DCWV metallic stack is the only silver paper I have. And then I thought of this stamp set given to me by a fellow cricut mb member!
The embossing folder was borrowed from my friend Donna (actually borrowed twice!) I made the card once, took pictures and gave the card to my best friends son for his 4th birthday. Then I lost the card chip and had to remake it, therefore had to borrow the folder again. Thanks David for bringing it by!

I had a great time constructing this card (both times, LOL!). I made my first spinner card as well as, I think is what is being called an easel card. Both were so easy to make and so much fun and it gives the card that extra punch!

Here is a close up of my little robot friend. I added a bit of Stickle Glitz to him, the color was a perfect combo! He, as well as his blaster were embossed with black powder.

Here is a close up of the spinner portion. I hand wrote Zap in the window part. The planet was embossed with Silver Tinsel embossing powder (which is simply an embossing powder that has a bit of a ruff texture, making it really look like metal in person). You can also see the sliver gems added to some of the stars.

This is just showing how the card stands up! I made a standard sized card then cut another piece the same width but an extra inch were I scored and taped it to make an extra flap.

I wanted to add this last photo so that I can show you when the card is opened there is a panel that is embossed in the star folder as well. Highlighted with small silver spots. What is nice about this is when the card is completely opened there is a place to write and a side embossed, makes a great detail for inside the card!

I thought I would share with you guys that I am going to try and write a little more when I post, I have posted lately when I am short on time and have not given the detail here that I want to. And I always love reading everyone's posts so I thought I would try harder with that.

Hope you get a chance to see what the other designers have done over at The Cuttlebug Spot!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Words They Say~ SOUS January 22

The Words They Say

We have a wonderful sketch this week by Beggahuna. I really love her sketches and always find them so versatile! Please check out Stuck on U Sketches for the other gals interpretations of this sketch.

Well this weeks page has been in my head for a long time, I just needed a photo for it. And when ordering online some old photos, I came across this one. It shows her at the perfect age for all those darling little words and sayings!

I love this set of printed paper from K&Co. and thought these really were wonderful with the colors of the photo but that meant figuring out what colors to do the images in...I decided to keep those neutral in fear that all the colors would be too much!

What were some of those words my little Jordyn said? Police off-ifer, hiccup (makeup), pooh pies (french fries), butt cakes (cupcakes), opa meal (oatmeal) and wondy wear (underwear). Plus many more sweet and silly things!

One of the details that is hard to see is that I outlined all the images with stickles so it adds just a bit more definition. Lots of inking and faux stitching.

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you'll join us at SOUS with this weeks sketch!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Family~ The Cuttlebug Spot 2010 Challenge


This weeks challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot was to use the word or number 10 in a project. I have to tell you guys that I had quite a time getting a photo for this. This is not what I orginally had wanted to do but could not find the other picture.
Of course the subjects couldn't be any better or sweeter for that matter!

The background paper is Dotted Swiss by Bazzill. The light green metallic handmade paper is by Mrs Grossman's and the rest is a line by My Minds Eye.

There were also lots of other goodies used. Liquid Pearls, distress Stickles, fabric covered brads, fibers, handmade and store bought flowers, and distress inks.

I have used it a ton lately and did again for the word, Family. Tim Holtz Grunge Paper. I think this is way way way better then chipboard. Because it is flexible it pulls off so easily from the Cricut mats, just cut at full depth and pressure twice, and its the easiest to do so with using CDS.

Cuttlebug Highlight~ maybe I ought to sit down and write the names of the folders I own...because as usual, I don't know the name of this one. Sorry! But it was used for the frame, paper strip and for the piece with the year date.
Now one day I found that covering an embossed piece of paper with acrylic really made the embossing pop so here I did so with a clear, gel like tag. It was a cheapo from some kit so it did not look as nice as others I have but still turned out cool, I think.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Protect and Serve, Love and Cherish ~ SOUS

Protect and Serve, Love and Cherish

I think we picked the best sketches ever for this month over at SOUS and this weeks is by Liz Qualman . You will find her here at at Please take a moment to check her out because she does some wonderful stuff!

This photo was taken June 2008. My one and only trip away with my husband since we have had kids in 2004.

I know most of you gals know that he is in law enforcement so this trip happened to be for a motorcycle competition in Carson City, NV. He did very well and we had a great time! And scored, I think, my all time favorite photo of he and I!

I just looked everywhere but could not find any scraps left to see what line of paper this was from. Now I normally do not buy single sheets of cardstock but found this and had to have it!

For the title I used, again, Tim Holtz Grungepaper, which I then embossed with Silver Tinsel powder. Side note on doing this, I think it shrinks it just a tad. I then embossed with The Cuttlebug which added just a touch more texture.

(anyone notice my awesome hand cuff necklace? LOLOL!)

This was embossed as well with the same folder.

Carts used~ Going Places, Everyday Paperdolls, Plantin Schoolbook and A Childs Year

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Party Favors" The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot the DT was asked to come up with "party favors" or some kind of favor for any occasion.
I was thinking everyone would be doing sour cream containers but I had never done one and had really wanted to try them!
My dilemma was what to do them for!
So I had an idea to enclose "coupons" as a Valentines gift for my husband. We do not celebrate Valentines day but believe you me, he is going to LOVE this!

These sour cream containers are extra grande! I used 6x12 papers to make them and they turn out to be pretty good triangles.

There are many more detailed photos here to show the embossing used.....

Friday, January 8, 2010

Barn Yard Dance

Barn Yard Dance

I am so happy to be back to our weekly challenges at Stuck on U Sketches!

We had another wonderful sketch from Becky at Page Maps...hope you'll be willing to join and kick off the new year with a crafty bang!

This is Scotti and his kindergarten class celebrating Thanksgiving with a Barn Yard Dance and Friendship Feast. I did get some video which I am so thankful for because the dancing was the cutest thing I had EVER seen! There was a part to the song that said "honor your partner" and you had to bow..oh my gosh! Scotti was soooo cute and he made me laugh out loud EVERY time he bowed! It was too cute but I felt silly because every time I laughed all the other parents would look at me...maybe they didn't feel the same thrill that I did! LOL!

I got to use lots of my new stuff from Christmas on this LO. The background shape for the title was cut from Mini Monograms (and shaped to fit my LO using CDS) but the paper is Grungepaper by Tim Holtz. Just a thinner version of Grungeboard. (And I honestly can not remember what fonts those were..sorry!)

Chicken, barn and tractor were all cut with Everyday Paper Dolls. Can you see into that barn? I had these little tiny animal stickers so there is a cat in the top of the barn, 2 horses inside and that sweet tiny piggy coming out! The paper turned out perfect for this...Bazzill paper that already had that texture on it.

I used many brands here for paper. Printed paper stack from J's by K&Co for most of it. Bazzill. And 2 others I can not remember ;o) helpful aren't I?

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you guys will take a chance to go take a peek over at SOUS and see what my other GF's came up with!!!!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy Nude Year! The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge


Let's welcome in the New Year with new challenges!

Our first challenge of 2010 at The Cuttlebug Spot is a New Year inspired creation. And really, what is more welcoming then a big fat set of....eyeballs! LOL!

I thought my husband would get a kick out of this and he sure did! LOL!

The eyes are from Graphically Speaking and CBed. Card design was hand drawn and cut.

Font is Cuttin Up.

And the little cherry "tattoo" is From My Kitchen.
I had meant to emboss the wording inside but got too excited and glued them right down, oops. So there is not too much embossing on this one. Of course I wanted to do more details but there isn't a lot of details on a "nude" card! LOL! I did do chalk shadowing to make it look a bit more real.

Thanks for you feel naughty? LOL!

Really hope I did not offend, hope you all could see the fun and silliness in this!

Happy New Year my crafty friends!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Butterfly Tutorial at SOUS

There is a gorgeous tutorial for transparency butterflies by Sandy Windsor over at SOUS!

Please chech it out!

We will resume our sketch challenges next friday, Jan 8th!